Regular Town Board Meeting of


January 13th, 2009


Present:  Dave Johnson, Supervisor --  Ardell Johnson, Supervisor -- Greg Scherzer, Supervisor --Dick Toomey, Treasurer – Marv Mortenson, Clerk    Citizens in attendance: Jim Svobodny, Gene Schouviller             


1.  Meeting was called to order by Supervisor Dave Johnson at 7:00 PM.


2.  Additions to the agenda were called for:

                Old Business:  Letter to Bruce Cox, Land Commissioner

                Motion to approve the agenda made by D. Johnson, second A. Johnson – passed 3-0.


3.  Dispense with the reading of the minutes; approved the minutes of the last regular meeting as written, motion made by A. Johnson, second by D. Johnson passed s 3 -0.


4. Treasurer report:               

                -- Cash Balance of                 $10,694.29

                -- Invested Balance of                 $43,016.45

                -- Total Balance of                 $53,710.74

Motion to approve Treasurer’s report by D. Johnson, second by G. Scherzer– passed 3-0.


5. Claims for payment:

                Farmers Independent:   $29.90

                Motion to pay claim was passed 3-0.


6. Old Business:

A.  Noxious Weed Report is completed and signed.  A copy returned to the county environmental office and a copy kept on file.

B. D. Johnson could not find a source to spread un-salted gravel.  One contractor said he would keep unsalted sand available for next winter.  A. Johnson is to check into the possibility of placing containers holding sand on “big hill” for people to sand as needed.

C. Reviewed the budget for 2010.  Motion to approve budget made by D. Johnson, second by A. Johnson - passed 3-0.

D. Mr. Bruce Cox, Land Commissioner, has not responded to our letter of Nov 6, 2008.  Therefore we will send a letter of inquiry.   Letter approved and motion to send by G. Scherzer, second by A. Johnson - passed 3-0.          See attached letter.


7.  New Business:

A.  Reorganize the board.  

                Dave Johnson -----Chair

                Ardell Johnson-----Road Supervisor

                Greg Scherzer------Weed Inspections, Vice Chair

Motion to approve these appointments as stated by G. Scherzer, second by A. Johnson -  passed 3-0.

B. 2008 End of year Financial Report was handed out to the supervisors and they will look this over prior to the board of audit meeting on Feb.10th.

C. Pre Authorization of claims payment:  Motion to empower the treasurer to make reasonable and recurring claim payments during the months the township board does not meet.  Examples would be road blading or snow removal, costs due to publishing of notices.   Motion by G. Scherzer, second by D. Johnson -  passed 3-0.

D. Board of Audit procedures were provided by Dick Toomey and were reviewed.  

E. County township meeting is January 27th at 7:00 pm.

F.  Snowmobiles on township roads:  Mr. Jim Svobodny and Mr. Gene Schouviller expressed concerns for safety on township roads with the large amount of snowmobile traffic. With the increase of year around residents and increase of automobile traffic, it may be time to get snowmobiles off township roads.  It was pointed out the majority of McKenzie road does not fall within our township but lies within LaPrairie Township.  D. Johnson will make contact in Bemidji with the head of the Trail and Waterways department to see what options are open to the township.     











8.  Next Board Meeting:  February 10th - agenda Items:

                A. Census Bureau –“ Boundary & Annexation Survey”

                B. Board of Audit meeting prior to regular board meeting 

                C. Review of County Township Meeting

                D. Review Material, handouts for Annual Meeting

                E. Update of Snowmobile use on township roads



Motion to adjourn was made my A. Johnson, second D. Johnson, passed 3-0; time 9:10 p.m.



_____________________________ Marv Mortenson, Clerk


_____________________________ Supervisor